You said that you wouldn't impose a price on CO2 until you had a deep and lasting consensus from the Australian people - When did you receive that consensus? and where is that consensus at now?

user picture stuart draycott · 6 years ago · 6,919 votes · 288 comments
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Thanks again for all the support although it looks like we won't make it. I thought I'd share with you my planned follow up questions had we been successful. 1. Since you never sought consensus before introducing your carbon dioxide tax - Can we assume that winning community consensus was much less important to you than winning government? 2. How much more costly is it attempting to sell such an enormously unpopular policy? And what other important public policies could we have spent this money on - Gonski, NDIS, mental health, defence? etc 3. Does all of your caucus share the view that costly attempts at restoring your public profile & regaining the public's trust is worth this cost? At least we were able to draw attention to the question - maybe at some point, someone will ask the question.
stuart draycott · 6 years ago
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You're right, circumstances *have* changed. Most of the world recognises that anthropogenic climate change is a reality and unless we don something about it, catastrophic changes will be inflicted on our planet. What more consensus do you need? Do you really need the agreement of Alan Jones before you realise the threat this poses?
Michael Taylor · 6 years ago
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The Carbon tax is a massive hoax. It has nothing to do with the environment & everything to do with wealth redistribution. Its a dumb tax introduced off the back of a lie, whichever way you try to dress it up!
Alan Carter · 6 years ago
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It is important to realise that circumstances have changed and most of the world and especially the senior NGO scientist are debunking the idea. Life does go on, and its not the first lie governments have spent money on to control us.
Vince Schultz · 6 years ago
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You have 3 hours to make this the number one question!
Vince Schultz · 6 years ago
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1. it was not a lie - a majority was not achived by labor 2. both labor and the coalition had agreed on an ETS - which is what this is with a fixed price - one of TA's previius stands. 3. how many people even saw the "commitment" it was not the reason the present parliament was elected
Chris Mccombe · 6 years ago
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Whilst Roger Chappell may consider "The carbon tax is the best thing any govt has done in this country" my cynical thinking of the reasons for its introduction have nothing to do with the good of the country. The way I see it it was introduced so: 1. Julia could be Prime Minister by doing a deal with the greens (and also some "independents(?)" 2. A revenue flow to help offsett Rudds wastefull spending spree and its budget implications and accordingly make her own governments financial performance look good. What happened to the 20 billion left over at the end of Howards government?
Robert Dorr · 6 years ago
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consensus... something everyone gets confused about! not one of the MPs that represented up (or within her gov't) opposed the bill... so therefore consensus was reached unfortunately... :(
steve clarke · 6 years ago
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"consensus from the Australian people" Not the caucus!
julie banks · 6 years ago
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agreed my dear friend... however we are represented by the MPs who make up the caucus... i'm sure you know this and how politicians get away with such statements
steve clarke · 6 years ago
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and isn't that the reason they'll lose at the polls!
stuart draycott · 6 years ago
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Never In my long experience has Australia had a PM who so often tells basic lies Or statements intended to mislead and deceive. We the people can not be expected to tolerate this fact any longer and delay makes it worse to the point of open hostility.
John Peach · 6 years ago
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So you've forgotten about John "non-core promise" Howard already?
Rolf Schmidt · 6 years ago
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On recent Herald sun event did not answer any of the questions but those she had rehearsed answers for. Will do the same again. Compulsive and a disgrace and embarrassment to this Country. Great question that she will dodge and weave as always
barry edge · 6 years ago
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